January/February 2011

Sneak Peek at 6.0: Editorial Content Management

On the current platform, different types of publications are grouped together under their own tabs: editorial, news, papers, polls, web seminars, blogs, etc.  One of the steps for streamlining the Administration panel was to better organize these publications by type: editorial versus interactive.

Editorial publications are story publications: editorial issues, news publications, and blogs.  They are primarily informational in nature, and may or may not require registration or subscription to view their content.

The left navigation of the Editorial tab of Admin lists the individual publications by a subcategory: Issue Management, Breaking News, and Blogs.

Issue Management - Some publications utilize multiple issues to organize their stories.  Currently, these are referred to as editorial publications.  To view a list of issues for a publication, click on the publication beneath the Issue Management header.  The progression from publication list to story follows the existing setup: publication selection to issue list to story list to story edit page.  Click here to view a screenshot of this progression.

Breaking News - Other publications do not use issues to organize the stories.  These are referred to as news publications.  As in the current system, clicking on the publication will load a list of stories for that publication.  Story actions can be taken from this page, such as editing or deleting stories.

Blogs - The difference between news publications and blog publications is user interaction: users are allowed (and even encouraged) to comment on blog publications.  Often, a single author composes all of the stories for a single blog publication.  Like the news publications, clicking the blog publication will load a list of stories for the blog from whence actions can be taken on the stories.

Another adjustment made to story management is the grouping of story fields.  Search engine optimization (SEO) fields are consistently grouped together, as are image fields, shoulder box fields, and additional asset upload fields.  These sections, which are optional and may not be used for all stories, are collapsible and expandable to better organize the story edit page.